10-Day Kokoda Military History, Ecotourism and ANZAC Day Trek (Kokoda to Owers Corner)

Day 1: Kokoda - Deniki (4-5 hours)

After the flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta, we are driven to Kokoda. On the way, we pass the villages of Gorari, Oivi, and Wairopi, the sites of battlefields during the Kokoda Campaign. At Kokoda, we visit the battlefield before setting out on our trek.

We pass through the Kovelo and Hoi villages en route to Deniki Lookout, our campsite for the evening. The lookout has beautiful views over Kokoda, the Yodda Valley, and the villages.

Day 2: Deniki - Alola (5-6 hours)

From Deniki, we make the climb up to the Isurava Battlefield. At Isurava, we tour the battle site, visit the local war musuem, take pictures of the four granite pillars - etched with the words courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice - that serve as a memorial to the battle's fallen. The battlefield is also famous as the site where Private Bruce Kingsbury, the first Australian soldier to be awarded the the Victoria Cross on Australian soil, forced the retreat of the Japanese before suffering a fatal wound at the hands of a Japanese sniper.

After visiting Surgeons Rock, we spend the night at Alola, which offers impressive views of the trail, the Eora Gorge, and the mountains.

Day 3: Alola - Templetons Crossing One (5-6 hours)

On Day 3, we continue to Eora Creek, a major battle site. Afer crossing the creek, we trek past several ridges and pass Templeton's Crossing 2 and its war cemetery.

Finally, we arrive at Templeton's Crossing 1, our campiste for the evening.

Day 4: Templetons Crossing One - Naduri (5-6 hours)

We begin Day 4 with the climb up Mt. Bellamy, the highest point on the trail at 2190 metres. Then we continue to the Kokoda Gap lookout for a view of the rugged terrain so grossly underestimated by Generals MacArthur and Blamey.

Then we trek to Naduri village, where we spend the evening.

Day 5: Naduri - Efogi 1 (5-6 hours)

After climbing down from Naduri, we cross the Efogi River. On our way to Efogi 2 (Launumu), we pass several cascading waterfalls. Finally, we make it to Efogi 1, where we spend the night.

Day 6: Efogi  One - Menari (5-6 hours)

We begin Day 6 by climbing Mission Ridge to Brigade Hill. The ridge was the site of a major, four-day battle, that saw nearly 300 of the badly outflanked Australian soldiers escape the Japanese and retreat with their wounded to spend three weeks in the jungle. Afterward, we climb down to Menari and spend the night at a guesthouse.

Day 7: Menari - Nauro (5-6 hours)

Day 7 begins with the short climb up and down Mt. Tamata, also known as Menari Gap, and continues with the descent down "The Wall," a narrow ridgeline leading to Augulogo. Then we cross the Nauro River and head to Nauro, where we camp for the evening.

Day 8: Nauro - Ioribaiwa (5-6 hours)

On Day 8, we climb to the summit of Maguli Range. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular views of the Owen Stanley Range and Mt. Victoria.

As we descend to Ofi Creek, we make our way down a stretch known as the Japanese Ladder, one of the steepest lenghts of the trail.

After climbing to Ioribaiwa, the site of the final Japanese defensive position, which brought them within reach of Port Moresby, we climb down to Ioribaiwa village. At Ioribaiawa, we make our campsite for the night.

Day 9: Ioribaiwa - Goodwater Campsite (4-5 hours)

From Ioribaiwa, we trek down a jungle canyon to Ua-ule Creek. From there, we head up to Imita Ridge, where the Australians took their final defensive position of the Kokoda Campaign. Then we head down the Golden Stairs to Goodwater, our final campsite.

Day 10: Goodwater Campsite - Owers' Corner (4-5 hours)

The final day of the trek takes us past Uberi to the Goldie River and up the steep ascent to Owers' Corner. Before heading back to the hotel in Port Moresby, we stop at McDonald's Corner and visit the Bomana War Cemetery, the burial site of over 3000 servicemen, mostly Australians, killed in the Kokoda and Papuan campaigns.

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